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Work experience

2011 - Present


Language Center, Rīga Stradiņš University

2002 - 2010

Assistant professor

Faculty of Humanities, University of Latvia

1999 - 2003


Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Latvia

Education and training

2008 - 2010

Professional Master’s degree in Project Management

University of Latvia

1998 - 2003

Doctor’s Diploma in Education

University of Latvia

1998 - 2000

Master’s degree of Humanities in English Philology (methodology of language teaching)

University of Latvia

1980 - 1985

Lecturer in History and Civic Education (In 2012 equalized to Professional Master`s degree)


Continuing education a.o. qualification upgrade

2015 Participation in European Union Lifelong learning programme Grundtvig learning partnership seminar "M-Care: Mutual Care from Knowledge to Action " transnational seminar and meeting in Rome Tor Vergata University 22-25 th March

2012 Continuing education certificate Nr. 2732 on "Using E-course management system Moodle and Web 2.0 tehnologies in education" Riga Technical University

2015 April European Union program ERASMUS+ KA1 individual mobility project seminar "Promoting Creativity in Education" Portugal, Cuba​

Field of research

  • plurilingual approach in language education ;
  • intercultural competencies in education;
  • multiple identities.

Supervised study programme

Together with Dr.Vita Kalbērziņa designing and preparing for accreditation ​Faculty of Modern Languages , University of Latvia 2nd level professional study program "Modern Language Teacher"​​ izstrāde un sagatavošana akreditācijai

Head of the study programme

Supervising the 2nd level professional study "English teacher for Secondary School" at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Latvia in 2004 and 2005

Supervised study course

Medical Terminology in English (for Public Health program students)

Head of study course

English language for Nursing

Medical Terminology in English

Lectured study courses

English Language in Communication Science

English language for Nursing​

Medical terminology in English

Supervised and reviewed student research papers


Master's theses: 16

qualification papers: 25


doctoral theses: 1

Master's theses: 17

qualification papers: 27


2014. -2015 Project Latvian group manager in ​EU program ERASMUS+ KA2 strategic partnership educational project „CLICK – Technologies for Education of Youngsters".​

2013-2015 Project Latvian group manager in EU Lifelong Learning program Grundtvig educational project „M-CARE: Mutual caring–from knowledge to action" 2013-1-RO1-GRU06-29473 1​

2011-2013 Senior expert; National Centre for Education European Social Fund project "Creating Support System for Learners with Functional Disorders " (agreement No. 2010/0330/1DP/​.

2011-2013 Project Latvian group manager in the EU Lifelong learning program learning partnership izglītības project „NMD-PRO: Neuromuscular diseases: professional parents and patients" 2011-1-RO1-GRU06-14989 1.

2011 Researcher in EU structural funds project „Support for University of Latvia international collaboration projects and other international collaboration events for science and technologies.

In 2010 senior expert in National Centre for Education European Social Fund project​ „Developing theoretical knowledge and practical competencies of vocational education teachers and mentors " supervising the work group for promoting foreign language competencies.

2010 Trainer and program designer for developing municipality workers` English language competencies in European Social Fund project „Strengthening Salaspils district municipality capacity in projects co-financed by the European Union."

2009-2010 European diversity group manager in the project ETSize: European Teacher Synthesize Ref. 510134-LLP-1-2010-1-NL COMENIUS CAM.

2008 -2009 Researcher in University of Latvia , research project No. Y2-ZP116-100 "Content and language integrated learning in programs of mathematics in English ."

2008 Researcher in University of Lavia research project No. Y2-I3L08-100 ​ "Methodology of English language teacher and mathematics teacher education"

2008-2009 European language diversity work group management in the Lifelong learning program Comenius project „Face it. Focus on Awareness of Culture and Education for International Teachers" ( –CMP).


2005 - Present

Latvian Association of English Language Teachers (LATE) , Language Teacher Association ​of Latvia (LAVSA)


Research articles​​

Dirba, Māra. Education in Latvia / M.Dirba // Exploring childhood in a comparative context: an introductory guide for students / ed. by M.A.Brown, J.White. - London : Routledge, 2014. - P.106-117.


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